The Boy on the Swing

Production Company
RyJamCinema
Producer(s)
Ryan Jamison & Josh Goodman
Director(s)
Ryan Jamison
Casting Director(s): 
Ryan Jamison
Union Status
Non-Union
Project Type
Film
Student Production
No
Compensation Details

Volunteer. Demo reel footage and food provided.

Audition or Submission Review Date(s)
April 2 - April 30
Audition Location
Virtual
Shoot / Perf. Date(s)
Summer (TBD)
Shoot / Perf. Location(s)
Metro Vancouver (TBD)
Submission Deadline
Friday, April 30, 2021
Submission Instructions

If you would like to submit yourself for a virtual audition, please send a headshot (regular photos will be accepted) and demo reel (if you have it), along with the role(s) in which you are interested, to this e-mail address: [email protected]

Project Synopsis
A man on his deathbed, with his son by his side, watches an old film reel of his child-aged self being pushed on a swing by his father. He then witnesses the memory in an eerily lifelike dream state as his soul joins that of his departed Papa.
Additional Comments & Safety Protocol: 

We are aiming to shoot the film at a date when all cast and crew have been immunized. We also have a back-up COVID-19 safety plan to comply with provincial and regional protocols.

Character 1
Old Man
Age
65-85
Gender
Male
Description
Senile, wordless, and all-knowing of his imminent passing, the Old Man is stubborn, tired and grumpy when we first meet him. The arrival of his son and the viewing of the old footage subtly reveals a loving, longing melancholic side, which is built upon further with overwhelming emotion as he palpably stands before his younger self and his long-deceased father. Understanding of French is preferable but not mandatory.
Character 2
Nurse
Age
35-55
Gender
Female
Description
*FRENCH-SPEAKING* A nurturing and hard-working caretaker, the old man’s personal Nurse handles his wordless communication and stubborn ways with kindness and fortitude. Genuinely loving her patients is something she considers to be part of her job, and this is no exception. Nevertheless, she is unsentimental and straightforward in her exchanges on duty.
Character 3
Son *
Age
30-50
Gender
Male
Description
*FRENCH-SPEAKING* The Son is a lot like his father, with strong family values and a caring heart but a tendency to mask all sensitivity. He has always shared a mostly unspoken mutual love with the old man, though other career aspirations and family duties have somewhat strained the relationship in recent years. This will be the most meaningful moment he shares with the old man.
Character 4
Papa *
Age
30-50
Gender
Male
Description
Showing a playfulness and an adoration for his son which would later be hidden, Papa pushes his young boy on a swing with a protective, joyous, and all-around paternal essence.
Character 5
Young Boy **
Age
4-5
Gender
Male
Description
The Young Boy is having the time of his life being pushed on the swing by his loving Papa.
Additional Characters

* We would happily accept TWIN BROTHERS to play these roles, or ONE actor in both parts of Son and Papa.

** For the Young Boy, we would ideally cast the real-life son of whomever we cast as Papa – but this is not mandatory.